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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – NOA RESERVES TO RE-OPEN FROM MONDAY 13TH JULY 2020

We are delighted to announce that we will be welcoming visitors back to Holme Bird Observatory from Monday 13th July 2020, and we are very much looking forward to seeing you once again. Thank you to all our members and visitors for your patience and understanding during this difficult time. Please be aware that we are not yet able to restore full access.

Some restrictions must continue and these are as follows: Hempton Marsh and Walsey Hills reserves will be re-opening to visitors on 13th July, but hides on these reserves will remain closed. At Holme the following hides will remain closed for the time being: Redwell Marsh hide, Car Park hide, Sea-watching hide, Dell hide and Broadwater hide. The Bus-Stop, Dowson and Richardson hides will be accessible to one household at a time, and the viewing platform and seating area outside the cordon will be available as well, with social distancing in place. The Observatory building will also remain closed to visitors, but a member of staff will be able to come out to meet you. We do regret that for now visitors will not be able to empty moth traps with our staff, but we will retain specimens of special interest for visitors to view at a safe distance. We will continue to charge day permit fees.

We are very sorry not to offer a fuller visitor experience just yet, but these measures are for everyone's safety and we do appreciate your understanding. We will continue to review hide closures, and will post any changes on our website.

Holme Bird Observatory Tuesday 7th April 2020

Highlights today included an overflying Tree Pipit and at least one Brambling in the pines behind the Observatory. The first singing Sedge Warblers were noted with at least two along the Broadwater edge and three Spoonbills flew west along the dunes mid morning.
The moth trap revealed Common Quaker, Hebrew Character, Small Quaker and Grey Shoulder-Knot and Butterflies put in an appearance with Brimstone, Peacock and Green-veined White all recorded.

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Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels West Runton in cattle field by Beach Road mid morning
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Wymondham at The Lizard in field by railway mid a'noon
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels West Runton in cattle field
Norfolk 9.Ring Ouzels Cawston Heath early a'noon
Norfolk Hooded Crow flew east over Weybourne Camp this morning +Spoonbill. Yellow Wagtail flew west
Norfolk 3.Ring Ouzels Caister on west side this morning
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Upton Marshes NWT
Norfolk Hooded Crow Cley +Great White Egret Jack Snipe White Wagtail
Norfolk 5.Great White Egrets Welney WWT
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Roydon Common NNR
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Roydon Common NNR at 8am
Norfolk Hooded Crow y'day Southrepps on NE side in field just east of Whitegates Road north of Gimingham Road TG.259.367
Norfolk Grasshopper Warbler singing east of Norwich at Thorpe St.Andrew at Thorpe Marsh. Y'day Bittern flew north over Hellesdon at c11.15pm